Ignorant vs Wrong

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Reading Time: 3 minutesIn 2012, Apple released its “Maps” app to try to keep its loyal users from leaving its Cupertino-centered universe and using the mapping wonder of its rival, Google Maps. The epic fail of the Maps release instantly became evident. Beyond the obvious technical glitches of the melting cities and missing images, there was a much more fundamental problem: wrong directions. In …

What Is the Point…

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Reading Time: 2 minutes… of this team meeting? — Is there a decision to be made, or an action to take? If you are “updating” the rest of us on the “status” of your project, will our work or the things we must do be changed by knowing this new, updated status? Is it to bring people together to forge deeper connections as …

Of Men and Mice

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Reading Time: 1 minuteYou finally land your first role as a project manager, and trapping mice is the name of the game. Which approach to take really depends on your objective: Impress your boss Catch mice Or, put another way: Something created Problem solved Focus on doing both and you’ll probably do neither. The question we have to ask ourselves is this: which …

Constrain Yourself!

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Reading Time: 2 minutesSo you’ve got this aspiration — to create/build/fix/write/paint/draft/deliver that THING that will solve the problem, generate the opportunity, earn the promotion, win the account. But you haven’t done it yet, and the reasons why all point in the same general direction. If only you had more — time money resources staff freedom inspiration support tools But if creating something of …

Fighting For Balance

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Reading Time: 1 minuteWhen you hear the term “work-life balance,” what do you think of? When you read that phrase, does the picture it creates in your mind’s eye look something like this?   It seems whenever the notion of balance is discussed as a function of a healthy life, it is measured in the metrics of time: the blue drudgery of “Work” …